How to Stop Procrastinating

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Hey everybody! Michael Gebben here and I’m super excited to be with you on another rockin’ Wednesday. So today, I wanna talk to you guys about a topic that has been coming up in my comments and questions and different things. It’s something that it affects all of us. Yes, absolutely every single one of us. If there’s someone that tells you that it doesn’t affect them, they are lying to you. They may have been able to overcome it to some degree but it creeps back up in every single one of us. And me, right here, I’ll tell you some stories about me because I am probably one of the worst. What is that? It’s procrastination. How do we stop procrastinating?

Well, that being said. I don’t have the best answer in the world on how to stop it entirely. But what I do have is some great different tips and tricks that can help you recognize it and think about it differently. ‘Coz one of the things I love to do with these different videos is get you to take something that may be negative like procrastinating and look at it a little differently so that maybe you can embrace it, maybe you can just go with it and it’ll work in your favor. ‘Coz I feel that there are a lot of different ways that procrastination creeps up into our lives. In some positive and in some negative. But I want you guys to start to recognize this so you don’t have to spend all your time and your energy trying to just battle it and you end up wasting time.

So I learned this one law from my man, Tim Ferriss and it’s called Parkinson’s Law. And it says “The time allotted to a task is the amount of time it’ll take to complete that task.” So, I believe that 100 million percent. And if you think about it, whether you’re at your 9-5 job and you have something that you have to complete and they give you 5 days to complete it. You might go, “Gosh, I don’t need 5 days to complete this.” But is it amazing (I know you guys think of this)… Isn’t it amazing how even though you might not think it’ll take that long and I guess it won’t take that long but it’ll still take the whole amount of time. How do we do that? How do we take something that could take 3 hours and drag it out over 5 days? That’s procrastination. We find all these other things to do. It doesn’t mean we don’t wanna necessarily do the task… It doesn’t mean we hate that thing. Just for whatever reason, psychologically, we tell ourselves it doesn’t have to be done so you might not really wanna get it done that quickly so you just fill it all in with all these other fluff. That’s something I just want you to think about for one second no matter what it is that you do.

So I’m gonna give you some stories from my own life, with my Youtube videos, my new Gebbs Juice series and some of my editing and things and tie it all in to how it affects us in different ways. So one way I truly believe is things that we just do not want to do. No way shape or form do we ever wanna do it. We don’t like it. We don’t wanna do it. Like nothing… there’s nothing positive about it in any way shape or form. Thus, we will use that law, whatever time that’s been allotted to it, we will take to do it. And sometimes, even beyond that time until we’re just drilled into the ground and we just have to get it done and then we’ll get it done. Those types of things, I truly believe sometimes, we need to find a way to just get rid of it entirely. Just get rid of it, put it on somebody else. They’ll take those types of things on. Like whatever you can do, those things that you don’t wanna do, you never wanna do, like everything about it is negative, there’s nothing positive associated with it.

Then there are the things that you’re putting off because you’re either fearful, there’s this subconscious telling you, this could happen or that could happen so you keep putting this thing off. But this thing, something you wanna do but you just don’t know what to do, so you make excuses and you procrastinate. But there’s also no deadline to it. It’s maybe you wanna quit your job. You wanna quit your job and start your own business, become an entrepreneur, become a photographer, videographer, an author, whatever. But there’s no really deadline to that but you do wanna do it but you don’t have the answers. So that you sit and procrastinate on for what can seem like forever.

Then there’s the things that you wanna do, you know how to do and you still procrastinate and typically it’s the same thing. You have that end goal, that date that you have and you get it done. Now this is happening when I used to have photo montages. Somebody would say, “I’d give you the photos. I don’t need it for 9 months.” I would take 9 months to do the photo montage even though it would only take me really a day or so or less.

So, what I find was though applying this over to my Youtube videos and my Gebbs Juice. I love these videos. I want to do these videos. And the thing about it is just like right now, I’m gonna be gone for a whole week. I have time to do next week’s video but I’m leaving tonight. I have to shoot this right this second and get it edited so that it’s uploaded and scheduled so it releases tomorrow morning. Now, what would be nice ‘coz I have a jam packed day, is if I would have a tip that you guys can do for certain things, batch it. I’ll talk about batching for my Gebbs Juice.

For Gebbs Juice, I sat here and when I first started, I recorded 10 of these little episodes. If you haven’t checked them up, they’re in the description. I highly encourage it. It’s a little daily audio, two minutes or less. If you love these, you’ll love that. But I recorded 10. Now I wanted to record more before I ran out. Well, on the last day when I uploaded the last one I had, the next day, I would have none. So what did I do? I recorded 13. Now I’m good for 13 more days. Now, should I really find another day before the last one and do it? Yes, I probably should. But I also found that some of the things that I do in regards to procrastination is my best work and that sounds crazy. That sounds crazy like really? That’s your best work? When you’re rushed and you’re last minute and running around. Well, the thing I become known for, the thing that has allowed me to travel the world literally, doing my video production and now getting to travel speaking and all that awesome stuff that I’ve wanted to do, what’s allowed me to do that was my Same Day Edit. Now the Same Day Edit to me was some sort of form of procrastination. In the sense that you tie in, it wasn’t true form of procrastination ‘coz I couldn’t procrastinate. The reality is it had a hardcore deadline. So that day I start shooting, that night I have an edit to show. So that edit might take me three or four hours max and I show that video.

To me, I never could explain it but I would put those same type of videos together after a wedding and guess what would happen. That same video that I could put together in three and a half, four hours after the fact when seemingly there was no real deadline anymore, can take months. And I have months of me dabbling with it or working on it, months in the sense before I just even start it. Until what happen? Either the couple was calling me, or somebody was calling me. I’m never proud of that. I’m never proud of that. But whatever that deadline, we’d say, “Oh delivery time on the wedding, 3-6 months. 3-8 months.” And the thing about it that happened was, is that’s when I go work on it, in that 3-6 months period of time. But the video itself, it wasn’t any better. I could never explain that ‘coz people thought, “Well, if you’re doing it that day, it can’t be as good as if you get to spend all these extra time on it.” The fact of the matter is I wouldn’t spend collectively, any more time on it than I spend when I only have three hours to complete it. That’s the thing.

I think that to me, why on the weekly videos can I only record one at a time? Why can I batch like I do in the Gebbs Juice. I can do 13 of those at a time. There’s a lot more that goes in to one of these than it does in my little Gebbs Juice. It’s just one of those things where everything’s unique, everything’s different. Everything has its different situation but guess what? I have a deadline on every single one of these. But they’re all different how I do them. The weekly videos, like I gotta have them on 6AM on Wednesday. That is the thing that I have committed to psychologically that I will not let you down. If I was not gonna be home for two weeks, I’d be sitting right now and recording two, three videos so that the next two and three weeks, I would have them. But because I know I’ll be home, then I let back and I don’t but I still do it a day or two before the video needs to go up. Gebbs Juice, much easier to put together and I can get in a flow and I don’t have to change to all these shirts and all these different things, and so I can record a bunch of those at once. And that’s what I do. But I’ll still record the next batch right before. But I embrace that. I’ve learned that that’s who I am. And I think that what you need to do when it comes to procrastination, you probably will never stop it entirely and just all of a sudden everything is just hunky dory and feel like I’ll never procrastinate, I get things done, plenty of time and all these different things. I don’t know if that’ll ever stop for you depending how bad you are with procrastinating.

But what I’ve learned is if you can recognize things, if right now and if you listen to me and start to recognize all these different things, you can start to think about it, you start to be conscious of it, then you can embrace it and quit fighting it, there’s so many things in life that we want to fight all the time, and fighting it can be very, very detrimental, worst than the procrastination. So for me, I’ve stopped looking at it for the most part as a negative thing and I’ve learned to embrace it. But the biggest take away that you all should take out of this, the biggest take away that you all should take out of this is is that you need to set concrete deadlines, CONCRETE. And that could come in the form of accountability. I mean watching my other buddies, Alex Ikonn has an awesome channel. Derek Halpern also has an awesome channel. I plan to rank for “How to stop procrastination”, they’re all right there. I’m gonna get there. We’re all gonna be up there with our own versions. That’s the thing. You’ve got to find what works for you but there’s a lot of different ways. But definitely, your accountability part. For me, I just got a coach again that has been awesome. She’s just crushed a lot of things out of me, ‘coz she’s pointing them out. She’s pointing them out to me. So accountability, whatever it is, but get a concrete deadline.

So if you wanna quit that job, don’t say “Ah, I’d like to quit that job in 10 years.” “I’d like to quit the job in 5 years.” “Maybe I’ll start my own photography business in the next 4 years.” Don’t do that. Set something that pushes you a little bit more. Like Derek, I just have to say one of his right on top of my head ‘coz he just came to it ‘coz I just rewatched it. He said that one of the things, he has put together slides for a webinar and he had been procrastinating forever and he thought, screw it! I’m sending an email telling everybody I’m having a webinar in X date. Guess what? Deadline now. Gotta get it done. It sounds crazy but that’s the thing. Our mind goes to the deadline. I can’t explain all that psychology. I see it everywhere and I see it in my own life.

To me, just think about that, when you’re setting deadlines for things. Sometimes, set some things. It might push you a little bit more. But then you just get it done. Don’t let somebody tell you that they don’t need it for six months and then you’re gonna go, “Well, they don’t need it for six months.” And you’ll take six months. Tell yourself, you’re not gonna be around in six months. Tell yourself that you’ll be on vacation, whatever you have to do, but set some concrete deadlines or tell them upfront, “Listen, if you tell me that you really don’t need it for six months, I’m not gonna get it done.” That’s the other thing. I’ve been honest. I understand it now and I recognize it. I know I’m here running it home hardcore. This one’s gonna be a longer one but it’s something that I’m really passionate about because I really don’t want people out there to constantly take things like procrastination, fear, failure, mistakes, negative, all these negative things and let them just eat them up every single day. I don’t want them to eat you up. I want them to be something that certain things, yeah, you gotta overcome it. You gotta overcome it but other things you can embrace who you are and what it is, and realize it’s gonna happen to some degree, but turn it into a positive. I know it sounds crazy but do it. Do it. Just turn it into a positive. Set concrete deadlines. Find an accountability partner and realize that the longer that you put something, the more time you give it, you will fill that time regardless if it takes that long to complete it. Because the reality is, you won’t take any more time than if you were given 4 hours to do it, than if you were given 4 months. You’ll still probably take 4, 5, or 6 hours to do it. And some of my best work comes out of these last minute, my adrenalin’s pumpin’ and I pound it out. That’s when I found my best work. So why fight that.

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